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Top Guns and Minis Highlight Ocala Winged Thunder

. Posted in Racing News

OCALA, FL-  As heavy thunderstorms rumbled in the northern and western sections of Marion County, the rumbling in the central section of the county came from the historic Ocala Speedway and the engines of the Top Gun Sprint Car Series.  Adding to the noise were the Florida Mini Sprints, plus the Tee Pee Tire Hobby Stocks and Ocala Speedway's own Gladiator Division, as an excited crowd was treated to an exceptionally competitive night of racing action.

The much anticipated return of the Top Gun Sprints had the crowd buzzing, and even before hot laps were completed the toughest 3/8ths mile in the southeast was living up to its reputation as Rocky Sullivan had a rather nasty meeting with the turn 4 wall. Sullivan's car was pulled away on a hook, but returned later to grab a top 10 finish in the feature race. 

But while some were struggling with Ocala's tough reputation, at least one racer was happy to be reintroduced to an old friend.  Rich Pratt returned to Ocala Speedway in the cockpit of the Meeks Motorsports car, and used his familiarity with Ocala's tricky layout to stay in the front pack.  But While Pratt was fast, Danny Martin had a rocket ship on rails, blasting into the lead on lap 2 and taking complete control of the race.

Martin may have been fast, but the fastest car on the track was Gene Lasker's Bubba Army machine.  Early in the night it looked like Lasker was out of it.  First there was an oil issue that had the car fogging for mosquitoes, and then there was a tangle with another car that set him back during his heat.  But starting near the rear of a competitive field only made Lasker more determined, and he put on a show using every inch of Ocala Speedway to charge through the field and into the top five.

Danny Martin's lead never became insurmountable thanks to a smattering of cautions throughout the race that allowed Rich Pratt to keep it close, but at the same time there were enough green flag laps that the leaders spent a lot of time dealing more with traffic than with each other.  Danny Martin got the impressive win while Rich Pratt drew loud cheers for a hard fought second place finish.  Top Gun points leader " Flying" Ryan Partin took third place, with Gene Lasker using a checkers or wreckers mentality to nab the fourth spot.  Tim George rounded out the top five.

The Florida Mini Sprint Association loves to run at Ocala Speedway, so having not had that opportunity since January they were chomping at the bit to take the challenge as part of their "Border Wars" with the Georgia Mini Sprint organization.  Just short of thirty mini sprints took the green flag and put on a wide open, action filled race on Friday night.

Sitting at third place in the FMSA points coming into the night, young Rae Lynn Moss was an early victim on the first turn of her heat race.  She was squeezed in a four wide plunge into the turn and spun, but by the time she managed to right herself the field had left her in their dust.  That put her in to a deep starting position for the feature race, and perhaps had her trying a bit too hard to make up for it as a spin and contact with the turn four wall ended her night early on.

John Craddock led the field to the green flag, but Chris Pacetti snatched the early lead away from him on the first lap after a multi car tangle in turn 4 forced a restart.  But Pacetti couldn't hold it and Craddock jumped back in front on the next circuit around the track. Craddock was strong and maintained the lead until almost the halfway point, but not far behind him the 7 car was quickly making progress toward the front of the pack.

Florida Mini Sprint Association president and repeat former champion, Jesse Teed, never climbed into his car Friday night due to his continuing recovery from a medical issue, but Gavin Thomas was more than happy to climb in and prove that Teed's Jesse James Demolition ride is fast no matter who drives it. Just after Jody McKenzie went up in smoke on lap 8, Thomas used the restart to position himself to pounce on the leader and take control of the race.

Gavin Thomas never looked back on his way to the win, as Brett O'Donnell maintained his points lead with a second place finish.  John Craddock came across the line in the third spot to complete a respectable night, followed by Chris Partin and Eddie Moss Jr. to round out the top five.  Both the Florida Mini Sprints, and the Top Gun Sprint Car Series, are traveling through the forest to the east for a Saturday night showdown at the high speed half mile tonight.

The battle at the top of Ocala Speedway's Tee Pee Tire Hobby Stocks has been between Dean Jarvis and Heath Walker, and with Jarvis starting from the pole on Friday night it might have looked like more of the same.  But someone forget to tell Bubba Christian, Jody Wells, Cory Hupp, and Daniel Miller about all of that, as they stole the show from the points leaders.

Daniel Miller launched toward the lead from the opening flag and forced things 3 wide in turn two as he took control, with Jody Wells not giving an inch and battling him for every inch.  But Wells would not be able to hang on and spun in turn 2 as Miller extended his lead, Cory Hupp wrestled himself into the second spot, and Bubba Christian began charging forward toward the top three.

The spin and caution had Wells battling back from the rear, while it kept things close between Miller and the 2H car of Cory Hupp.  Meanwhile Bubba Christian was challenging Dean Jarvis for third place in a fight that went for multiple laps, with Christian nosing under Jarvis in turn 2 only to have the door slammed in his face in turn 3.  Behind that battle the second man in the season points battle was struggling, as Heath Walker hovered just out of the top five, and later became a victim of contact to end his night.

Cory Hupp gave it a valiant effort, but Daniel Miller Jr. was simply too tough to tame on Friday night.  Miller notched the win while Hupp finished second, and Bubba Christian finally freed himself from the battle with the 37 and scored a third place finish.  "The Outlaw" Jody Wells may have finished with a dented car and after an exhausting comeback, but he managed to recover for fourth place while Dean Jarvis would come home in the fifth spot.

As Ocala's hard nosed Gladiator Division hit the clay they wasted no time in demonstrating that Friday's race would be a battle to survive as much as it was a race to the finish.  Harold Lewis and Matt Shea exchanged paint over the lead early on as young Devin Walker slid into the third spot and then went to work on Lewis for second place as Shea took the lead.  Walker would continue to pick his way forward, more than once losing excellent passes to caution flags along the way but never getting frustrated.

The battle up front was tough and some racers fell victim to the intensity along the way.  Steven Cox watched his right front tire ricochet off of the billboards in turn two, and points leader Steven Johnson got muscled out on a restart and found the wall in turn 1.   The latter incident had Devin Walker and Casey Feaster battling for the potential points lead, with Walker in a fight for the second place in the race with James Sullivan, and Feaster struggling to move up from the fourth spot.  And as Walker attempted grab second place on the outside going into turn 3, he found a slow moving lapped car in his path and spun, sending him to the rear with only five laps remaining.

With Walker out of his way, James Sullivan was able to focus on getting past Matt Shea as Walker was forced to salvage what he could.  Sullivan would make quick work of Matt Shea and go on to take the win, with Shea settling for second place on the night.  Casey Feaster hung on and managed a third place finish, while Jerry Taylor recovered from some early race miscues and grabbed fourth place. And despite starting from the rear with only five laps left, Devin Walker calmly worked his way back to close out the top five finishers.

Ocala Speedway will be back in action next Friday night, July 23rd, as the much anticipated return of the Late Model Division highlights a four division night of excitement.  The fender banging Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks will also be racing, as will Florida's only Mini Stock Division on dirt, plus Ocala's always competitive Gladiator Division.  For more information on upcoming events, please visit www.OcalaSpeedway.com!

Ocala Speedway Results for 7/16/10
Top Gun Sprint Car Series

1- 24 Danny Martin
2- 2 Rich Pratt
3- 14 Ryan Partin
4- 02 Gene Lasker
5- 1 Tim George
6- 3 Kurt Taylor
7- 21M Darrin Miller
8- 38 Tony Again
9- 22 Shawn Murray
10- 15 Rocky Sullivan
11- 8 Rich Alexander
12- 30 John Crowder
13- 1Z Harley Zimmerman
14- 27 Tony Knowles
15- 6X Brandon Grubaugh
16- 18 Jennette Burnett
17- 83 Mark Ruel Jr.
18- 9 Tim Grubaugh
19- 6 Mike Schroeder
DNS- 15L Mike Love

Tee Pee Tire Hobby Stock

1- 99 Daniel Miller Jr.
2- 2H Cory Hupp
3- 04 Bubba Christian
4- 11W Jody Wells
5- 37J Dean Jarvis
6- 19 Paul Combast
7- 9 Sean Babcock
8- 55 Heath Walker
9- 08E William Edwards
10- 81 Donald Woosley
11- 37S Tyler Sistrunk

Florida Mini Sprint Association

1- 7 Gavin Thomas
2- 11 Brett O'Donnell
3- 71 John Craddock
4- 81 Chris Partin
5- 8 Eddie Moss Jr.
6- 2 Mark Ryder
7- 5 Steve Crabtree
8- 14D Steve Heisler
9- 28 Tim O'Donnell
10- 34 Pete Smith
11- 92 Darrin Davis
12- 61 Walter Arnold
13- 31 Tommy Bowden
14- 26 Steve Wheeler
15- 68 Dirk Miller
16- 30 John Crowder
17- 23D Dylan Colding
18- 15 Paul Lanza
19- 711 David Pleaugh
20- 1M Eddie Moss
21- 18 Jody McKenzie
22- 24 Ken Penta
23- 83 Justin Kolves
24- 23 Rae Lynn Moss
25- 16 Chris Pacetti
26- 99 Lenny Dalman
27- 6 Andrew Kurjack
28- 21D
29- 14 Brian Penrose


1- 48 James Sullivan
2- 96 Matt Shea
3- 20 Casey Feaster
4- 31 Jerry Taylor
5- 55JR Devin Walker
6- 82 Kyle Morse
7- 11 David Ladrie
8- 77 Matthew Kramer
9- 57 Larry Swift
10- 4 Hunter Gustafson
11- 48X Harold Lewis
12- 81 Steven Johnson
13- 88 Steven Cox
14- 3 Brandon Haseleu
DNS- 42 Michael Eaton


July 01, 2014

Results 6-28-14

by BRP Media
The first half of the 2014 racing season came to a close this past Saturday Night. The night ended in a bang with a lot of great racing action, to be followed by a beautiful Pre-4th of July Fireworks Show. The Hobby Stocks were first out for their 20 lap feature event. Rick Elwood (92) would find himself leading the first half of this race in comfort, until Eric Moon (18) made his way through the field into the second position. Once Moon maneuvered his way through the field and caught Elwood these two would battle it out for the top position for last 5 laps. At the checkered Elwood would win followed by Moon, third would go to Cory Howard (22), forth to Brandon Elwood (28E) and rounding out the fifth position would be Joe Forsyth (17F). Next up would be the Scorpion Performance Engine Modifieds to take to the track. The original line up would have Austin Sanders (64) and Paul Snyder (54) starting on the front row, followed by Buzzie Reutimann (00) and Roger Crouse (9) starting in the second row. Race control would then offer up a challenge to all 4 drivers. The challenge would be to go to the back of the 10 car field, If one of these 4 drivers would win the feature they would receive a $300 dollar bonus. Sanders, Snyder and Reutimann would accept the challenge leaving Crouse and Shane Nichols (65) for a front row start. Crouse would take advantage of the front row start and jump out to an early lead putting distance on Sanders and Snyder, but unfortunate luck for Reutimann… read more
June 24, 2014

Gough Battled Competitors and Track for Hard Fought Victory

by BRP Media
Gough Battled Competitors and Track for Hard Fought Victory Ocala, FL, After 3 weeks of rain outs and torrential downpours almost every day, the track crew at Bubba Raceway Park worked hard to prepare the track for action this past Saturday night.… read more
June 22, 2014

Bubba Raceway Park Results for 06-21-2014

by BRP Media
Limited Late Model - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points 1 2 21G Forrest Gough Tampa , Fl 50.00 2 3 57 Eddie Gainey Fort White, Fl 48.00 3 4 17 Nevin Gainey Ft. White, Fl 46.00 4 1 55 Tim Dowling Paisley , Fl 44.00 5 5 102 Jason… read more
June 13, 2014

Open Practice for Tonight June 13 has been Cancelled

by BRP Media
Mother nature has not been nice this week to Bubba Raceway Park. Management and Staff have decided to cancel Open Practice for tonight June 13. We will be working all night and into tomorrow on the race track to prepare for tomorrows 2nd Annual… read more
May 27, 2014

Snyder Slays the Field at Bubba Raceway Park

by BRP Media
Ocala, FL – Bubba Raceway Park celebrated Memorial Day weekend with a five divisions of great racing at the 3/8th’s mile speedway. In the Hobby Stock division, 16 drivers provided intense action in the 20 lap feature event. From the start, Brian… read more
May 14, 2014

Important Schedule Update for 05/17/2014 Racing at BRP

by BRP Media
In an effort to work more closely with other track in the area, and to provide a higher car count and a more competitive racing experience for the drivers and fans, Bubba Raceway Park has decided to remove this week’s E-Mod Division from our… read more
May 10, 2014

Bubba Raceway Park Results for 05-10-2014

by BRP Media
Bubba Army Sprints - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points 1 4 24 Danny Martin, Jr. Sarasota , Fl 0.00 2 6 82 Matt Kurtz Jacksonville Beach, Fl 0.00 3 7 83 Mark Ruel, Jr. Jacksonville , Fl 0.00 4 13 15 Johnny Gilbertson - 0.00 5 11 52… read more
May 04, 2014

Bubba Raceway Park appoints Scott Mc Allister as new General Manager

by BRP Media
Bubba Raceway Park is happy to introduce Scott McAllister as the the new General Manager at BRP!!! Scott comes from Racecar Engineering with many years of racing experience. "This is a position that I thought I could only dream about having an… read more
April 21, 2014

Summerland 2014 Music Festival to play North Central Florida!

by BRP Media
Ocala, Florida: Gainesville/Ocala CHR/Top 40 radio station All the Hits Q92 (WMFQ 92.9) announces the Summerland 2014 Music Festival on Sunday June 15th at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala. The Summerland 2014 Music Festival headliner Everclear,… read more
April 06, 2014

Jeff Mathews Wins 2014 Mike Peters Open in Memory of Niokoa Johnson

by BRP Media
Winner of the 2014 Mike Peters Open in Memory of Niokoa Johnson is the #33 of Jeff Mathews!!! Congratulations to Jeff and thank you so much to all the fans who came out to support the Johnson family. The support of the entire racing community has… read more
April 04, 2014

Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated, will be at Bubba's Raceway Park on Saturday, April 5th

by BRP Media
National Racing Magazine, Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated, will be at Bubba's Raceway Park on Saturday, April 5th to assist in raising donations in memory or Niokoa Johnson. Speedway Illustrated directs its focus toward hometown tracks, the… read more
March 28, 2014

Bubba Raceway Park will be holding The Mike Peters Open in Memory of Niokoa Johnson

by BRP Media
Next Saturday April 5th Bubba Raceway Park will be holding The Mike Peters Open in Memory of Niokoa Johnson who tragically lost her life after injuries she sustained while racing on March 22nd. The Gladiator class will be running a special 17 lap… read more
March 15, 2014

Bubba Raceway Park Results for 03/15/2014 (2)

by BRP Media
Modified - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points 1 3 64 Austin Sanders Seffner , Fl 50.00 2 1 65 Billy "shane" Nichols Ocala , Fl 48.00 3 5 00B Buzzy Reutimann Zephyrhills , Fl 46.00 4 8 61 Ronald Soltis Ocala , Fl 44.00 5 4 10… read more

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